Taking a stand against violence

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area organization is taking a stand to end violence against women and girls.

On Friday, the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association held its One Billion Rising event, which is part of global movement to put a stop to violence.

The event started with men and women lining the sidewalk outside of La Crosse’s City Hall.

It also featured speakers from the community and a flash mob.

The Hmong Mutual Assistance Association said it wants the community to know violence is a problem that shouldn’t be overlooked.

“This is something that we really need to talk about openly, and to make sure that survivors don’t feel silenced,” said Dorothy Her, Hmong Mutual Assistance Association.

This is the second year the event was held.

The Hmong Mutual Assistance Association is a non-profit organization that serves refugees, former refugees and other ethnics groups in the La Crosse area.

Its goal is to help them become more self-sufficient.